Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

A president unlike any since, well, Andrew Jackson Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports A terrible year? Elias Boudinot considered 1832 as such. The year started with the Cherokee Nation winning its case in the U.S. Supreme Court, only to be followed by a message of “so what?” from President Andrew Jackson. Boudinot’s home was slated for …

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Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports A little more than a year ago I was teaching a class and was showing students how to build a map. I blogged about it: “What kind of map? Well, it would be cool to show where every American Indian or Alaska Native is running for office. At the federal level, …

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    Trahant Reports A few more days to go. I have been trying to think about how can I get the word out, inform Indian Country about the policy choices ahead, and, hopefully, celebrate the record number of Native Americans who got elected. Live from the world headquarters of Trahant Reports … (I know, it’s …

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Do you ever wonder who will be the first Native American president? That answer might already be found on the ballots across the country. Where more Native Americans than ever are running for office. Welcome to the Trahant Reports election special. I’m  Mark Trahant. You can find my blog at trahantreports.com or my work on …

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Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports We’re two weeks away from an election and most of us have the same question: Who’s winning? We look at the latest polls, check our favorite web sites often, and try to read between the lines. But there is one tell that’s worth watching: Where are they? The candidate location shows …

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Trahant Reports There is always a lot of experimenting going on in this new world of media. I recently heard that something like 80 percent of the Washington Post’s distribution is through outside channels. That’s even more true for Trahant Reports. My material is used by other publications, and on good days, is posted and …

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** Saturday update ** I am working on piece about Indian Country’s youth vote. I am especially interested in looking at what would 90/100% turnout look like at tribal colleges. Across the country there are about 30,000 tribal college students. I’ll start a spreadsheet and try to break that down by state. I know this …

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  #NativeVote16 Transparency update. I am still working off my idea list posted on Thursday with the addition of a couple of policy stories regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline. I especially want to write about water policy next. The others on my list are more directly election related. But first. I want to update my charts …

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